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Precious Payload’s Weekly Smallsat News:  November 7 – 13, 2022


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Launch Updates

🇮🇳Skyroot Aerospace to launch India’s first private rocket, Vikram-S, carrying three undisclosed client payloads. The launch of the suborbital Prarambh mission will take place between November 15 and 19. [Skyroot’s Tweet]


🇿🇼Zimbabwe launched its first nanosatellite, ZimSat-1 (made under the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project), aboard the Cygnus NG-18. [TheHerald]




🇮🇳Agnikul raises $20M in funds for accelerating its various ongoing activities and projects. [Inc42]


The 🇺🇸Space Development Agency awarded 🇺🇸Rocket Lab with two contracts worth $14M to provide ‘Lightband’ separation systems for 84 of its Trache Layer 1 satellites. [Electronics Weekly]



🇱🇺Intelsat purchased🇨🇭Swissto12’s first nanosatellite HummingSat (to be launched as Intelsat 45 to GEO in 2025) via rideshare with an undisclosed launch provider. [ESA


🇩🇪Rivada Space Networks issued an RFP for launch services for 600 LEO satellites. The constellation’s deployment starts in 2024, with full deployment expected by mid-2028. [Rivada’s announcement]


🇺🇸HawkEye to launch its Cluster 6 satellites next month aboard the Electron rocket from🇺🇸Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. [HawkEye]


🇺🇸Sateliot is launching the second nanosatellite of its 5G IoT constellation in Q1 2023 with 🇺🇸SpaceX. [SpaceWatchGlobal] [Sateliot’s Blog]


🇺🇸Momentus plans to launch its second tug, Vigoride 5, via 🇺🇸SpaceX’s Transporter-6 rideshare mission in December. [SpaceNews]


🇺🇸NASA to go ahead with the Lunar Trailblazer smallsat (200kg) mission for launch in mid-2023 aboard Falcon 9 in spite of cost overruns. [Industry Update]


🇩🇰GomSpace collaborating with 🇫🇷Hemeria and 🇫🇷CS Group with potential to join forces in harnessing their combined expertise. [Spacewatchglobal]


🇺🇸Starfish Space plans to launch its demonstration satellite Otter Pup (which will demonstrate satellite docking to other satellites in orbit) via 🇺🇸Launcher Space’s Orbiter space tug as a part of 🇺🇸SpaceX’s Transporter-8 mission next year. [GeekWire]


🇳🇱Isispace contracted by 🇬🇧Quantum Communications Hub to provide satellite systems and services for an IOD mission of the quantum encryption keys distribution from space. The demo is scheduled for 2024. [ISISPACE’s announcement]  


🇮🇳Bellatrix Aerospace opens a new manufacturing facility in addition to their existing incubator, with plans to open another $76M facility by the end of 2023. [TimesofIndia]


Chief Revenue Officer Dawn Harms retires from 🇺🇸Momentus. [Busineswire]


🇬🇧Seraphim Space Accelerator program takes off with nine startups: 🇺🇸Auriga, 🇨🇦Teris Earth Intelligence, 🇺🇸Rhea Space, 🇺🇸Kall Morris, 🇬🇧Space Dots, 🇸🇰3IPK, 🇬🇧Reorbit, Elevation Space, 🇦🇺Nominal Systems. [Seraphim Space Accelerator’s announcement]


Look through this brilliant overview of 🇸🇬 Singapore’s NewSpace ecosystem to find the emergence of its local space players. [NewSpace]


🇺🇸Amazon will open a satellite manufacturing factory in Kirkland, Washington to support its Project Kuiper constellation. The new facility should create more than 200 aerospace and manufacturing jobs for highly skilled workers, and aims to increase U.S. satellite manufacturing with the goal of producing four satellites daily. [SatNews]



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